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8 ways to live with and love Pantone’s ‘Serenity’ at home for 2016

by Jennifer Gibeau,

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Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year is twice the fun with not one, but two colours crowned: Rose Quartz and Serenity. We recently polled our Facebook followers and asked which of the two Pantone colours they liked best. The victor? Serenity, the soothing shade of blue came out on top! In recognition of Serenity's star power, here are 8 ways to incorporate the tranquil blue-hued shade of the moment into your home décor this year.

Serenity Table Setting

#1 Serve Up Serenity

Set the table with colourful plates and linens. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just love to change up your serveware on the regular, injecting hits of Serenity into your tablescape will lighten the mood and make it instagram-worthy for your guests. Now that’s what I call #fabulous!

Image source: Brabbu

Serenity Wallpaper

#2 Revamp Your Recess

Got an awkward little alcove or recess in your home that you’re not sure what to do with? Try bringing it into the light by covering the wall with an eye-catching wallpaper patterned with hits of Serenity and Rose Quartz (because we don’t want to forget Serenity's other half). Your recess suddenly becomes a cool architectural feature and gives you an opportunity to style it. You might just find yourself inspired to create use for this spot or an adjacent space, just like this little recess turned into a mini bar! Get the look with wallpaper by Eskayel.

Image source: Domaine

Serenity Bathtub

#3 Turn your tub terrific

Not only do clawfoot tubs allow you to enjoy the ultimate tub soaking experience, they can seriously enhance a bathroom’s style factor because of their smooth lines and elegant feet. Create a spa-like retreat by painting your clawfoot tub a soothing shade of Serenity blue. This bathroom may look extravagant with a custom-built tub encasement, but it’s used here to show you how far a single colour can go to create a jaw-dropping transformation.

Interior Design: Austin Patterson Disston Architects | Image source: Houzz

Serenity Smeg Kitchen

#4 Perk up your kitchen

Colourful appliances are a surefire way to perk up your kitchen, especially if you’ve got a plain kitchen that lacks personality. A charming retro blue SMEG refrigerator is one way you can incorporate the soft look of Serenity in your kitchen. Small blue appliances like a toaster, mixer or kettle will also help brighten and refresh the look of your kitchen.

Image source: Mia's Interior

Serenity Lounge Chair

#5 Follow Through

If you're Team Serenity all the way, then investing in a piece of furniture that’s dressed in this head-to-toe Pantone shade might just be what you need to satisfy your colour craving. This lounger with ottoman by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset makes a big impact in the space, and becomes a through-line between like-colored accessories so that you can coordinate and decorate your space with ease like a pro.

Interior Design: SJB

Serenity Drapes

#6 Layer it up

If you think that too much of a good thing is, well, too much, then I invite you to reconsider. Layering the same colour can often have a calming effect, as it can diminish sharp contrasts within a space. Here the walls and drapes make a happy duo, enveloping the room in a soft shade of blue to create a soothing and sophisticated space.

Image source: Better Homes and Gardens

Serenity Living Room

#7 Go all out

If Serenity is your new favourite colour and you want to show Pantone some serious love, then go all out and unify your furniture, decorative accessories and artwork to contain various shades of the same colour. Your room will become a stunning monochromatic dedication to one half of Pantone’s Colour of the Year.

Interior Design: Duneier Design | Image source: Houzz

Serenity Walls

#8 Paint it pretty

One of the easiest ways to incorporate a Serenity-like blue into your décor is to give your walls a few coats of paint. If your room is filled with more traditional furnishings, your walls may be the ideal backdrop to play with the colour-of-the-moment. This trendy hue takes on a more subtle appearance when tempered by classic furnishings. This visual balance means you won't tire of it too soon. Even better? It’s only paint! So commitment phobes can simply repaint if and whenever they desire.

Image source: Laura Quattro | Featured in Vogue Living